September 23, 1806: Lewis and Clark Return Home
On this day in 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark returned to St. Louis from their two-and-a-half-year expedition, which covered the expanse from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast and back.
The two men brought back a wealth of information about the largely unexplored region within the Louisiana Purchase territory. During their expedition, Lewis and Clark studied the plants, animal life, geography and elements of economic opportunity throughout the vast area.
Check out Ken Burns’s Lewis and Clark interactive story, where you lead the expedition.
Curious to see what Lewis and Clarke ate? PBS Food’s ‘The History Kitchen’ shows the history behind the diet that fed the expedition.
Top Image: “Lewis and Clark on the Columbian River” (c. 1906, Library of Congress). Bottom Image: Meriwether Lewis at left, William Clark at right (Wikimedia Commons).
Yesterday President Obama outlined his proposal for reforming higher education to make college more affordable to all Americans.
Today, Phi Beta Kappa responds to the President’s plan and invites members and stakeholders to continue the discussion:
On August 22, President Barack Obama unveiled a plan designed to make higher education more affordable by launching new college ratings, allocating financial aid based on those results, and encouraging innovations that lower costs.
Phi Beta Kappa applauds the goal of making college and university education more affordable for American students and their families. We recognize both that costs are of great concern to students, recent graduates, and their families, and that many institutions have made increasing accessibility a top priority.
In this week’s From the Secretary blog post, “Metamorphosis - No! Not That Kind!” John Churchill applies the allegory of Kafka’s Metamorphosis to the transformation one undergoes when studying the liberal arts and sciences.
One of the most striking depictions of personal transformation in modern literature must be the opening lines of Kafka’s Metamorphosis: “One morning as Gregor Samsa awoke from restless dreams, he found himself in his bed, transformed into a monstrous vermin.” You may or may not find exactly that English version anywhere in print. It’s my English of the Kafka line I committed to memory so many decades ago for love of lush musicality of its German, juxtaposed against its hideous sense.